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Book Review: Joe And Sparky Go To School By Jamie Michalak, Illustrated By Frank Remkiewicz

Dynamic duo, Joe and Sparky are off on another fun adventure! Ever cautious Sparky the turtle finds himself unexpectedly on the roof of a bus headed for someplace called “school.” His adventurous giraffe buddy, Joe, sets off to rescue him. [...]

Book Review: Rufus Goes To School By Kim Griswell, Illustrated By Valeri Gorbachev

Rufus Leroy Williams III has a favorite book. He loves to hold the book. He loves to look at the pictures. He loves to turn the pages. The only problem is, Rufus doesn’t know how to read the book. So Rufus decides he must go to school to learn [...]

Book Review: Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Get ready to count monkeys. We’ll start off on the very first page with one – cobra? That can’t be right, where are the monkeys? Apparently the slithery serpent has frightened them off. But how do we get rid of the cobra? How will we find [...]

Book Review: Exclamation Mark By Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

In a world of periods, exclamation mark really stood out. And he didn’t like it one bit. He felt confused and befuddled. He didn’t fit in and he wasn’t sure how he could. Then one day he found the answers he sought from a new friend – [...]

Book Review: Lemonade In Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money By Emily Jenkins, Illus. By G. Brian Karas

A story of teamwork, persistence and creativity. On a cold, winter day when a mean wind blows and icicles hang from the windowsills, little Pauline looks out the window and has an idea. “Let’s have a lemonade stand!” Her parents are unsure [...]

When Love Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be – How To Fix It!

Once upon a time, I not so brilliantly suggested getting married on Valentine’s Day. He thought that was an awesome idea, because then he only needed to remember one date – February 14th.  We’ve been exes for a decade now.  Needless [...]

Book Review: One Word That Will Change Your Life By Dan Britton, Jimmy Page & Jon Gordon

I might just get the hang of my New Year’s Resolutions in 2013. That’s because I didn’t make any! Instead, I read ONE WORD THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE, by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon.  They promise it will take you forty minutes [...]

Book Review: A Flower In The Snow by Tracey Corderoy

Luna and her best friend (polar) Bear belong together like peanut butter and jelly. They do everything together. They skate, and play and laugh. Luna’s smile sparkles like the snow.  Then one day Bear picks a sunshine-yellow flower to give [...]

Book Review: The Time Keeper By Mitch Albom

The Time Keeper By Mitch Albom If you live by your to-do list, it might be a good idea to put Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper on that list.  It’s a fast, soul-encompassing read. Time is in charge, isn’t it!  And, we never have enough [...]

Book Review: Snowmen At Work By Carolyn Buehner, Illustrated By Mark Buehner

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Snowmen At Work is the latest in the “snowmen” series by husband and wife team Carolyn and Mark Buehner. In this installment, a boy builds a snowman, then goes inside for the night. When he awakes he [...]

Book Review: A WINTER DREAM by Richard Paul Evans

Happily-ever-after books. I love them.  I fell head over heels with A WINTER DREAM by Richard Paul Evans.  The 266-page novel is so fast-paced, I whipped through it on the treadmill in seventy-minutes.  I also displayed the full spectrum [...]

Kids Book Matters: Best Picture Books of 2012

Best Picture Books of 2012 2012 was a great year for picture books. There were some familiar faces, some new voices, and of course lots of brilliant artwork (I’d especially like to point out the heartwarming illustrations of my partner on [...]

Kid’s Book Matters: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Celebrating at the Carle: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Officially kicked off last month, the festivities will continue through November 2013. Among the events and [...]

Book Review: Boot & Shoe By Marla Frazee

Boot & Shoe are puppies from the same litter. They are adopted into the same home. They share many things together. The only thing they don’t share is their special, personal territory. Shoe is a front porch kind of dog and Boot is a back [...]

Book Review: The Duckling Gets A Cookie!? By Mo Willems

The latest in Mo Willems’ classic “Pigeon” series of books, The Duckling Gets A Cookie, holds its own with its award winning predecessors. In this installment, the irascible Pigeon bemoans the injustice of Duckling receiving a cookie by [...]

Book Review: Kill You Twice By Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain’s books slay. The body count is high.  The entertainment factor even higher. As witness to Chelsea’s work – I’m in a writing group with her –Kill You Twice still pummels me with unexpected, explosive twists and turns.  [...]

WILD: Book Review

Despite its cover art of a boot with red laces, WILD is not a hiking book.  Cheryl Strayed’s gritty memoir takes us on the only possible journey that will save her life after her mother loses hers. Strayed goes wild in her early twenties [...]